Dance on Camera Studies Project RE-CAP

The Dance On Camera Studies Project took place on Tuesday January 25, 2011 at Judson Memorial Church. Read about the event, watch the videos that were screened, and listen to a podcast of the moderated discussion.

 A shorts program curated by Movement Research 2010 Artists-in-Residence Anna Azrieli, Laurie Berg, Yve Laris Cohen and Chase Granoff, in collaboration with Dance Films Association Director Deirdre Towers, and overseen by MR Program and Event Manager Rebecca Brooks. This event was a part of DFA’s 39th Annual Dance on Camera Festival. This partnership between Movement Research and Dance Films Association, now in its third year, was originally initiated by Mathew Heggem as part of DFA’s Annual Dance on Camera Festival.

Thumbnail photo: Still from Yak Films’ RIP Oscar Grant


– PART 1 –

The evening’s viewing and discussion radiated out from an initial grouping of three short films selected from submissions to Dance Film Association’s 2011 Dance On Camera Festival. Each film centers around movement in relationship to landscapes, ranging from the natural world to the urban environment. The films posit the moving body as an active agent that designs its surroundings, while still being subject to the sublime. Watch them here!


Dan Canham/Will Hanke, UK, 2010, 7:20m

Shot in the dilapidated premises of the Theatre Royal in the Limerick Athenaeum building, Ireland. With a history that stretches back over 150 years, the Royal Theatre has been closed to the public for the last 13 years. Engaging with the atmosphere and past of this near-derelict building and using the soundtrack made up of four sounds and interviews with people associated with the Athenaeum, this short explores the state of a building once the hub of cultural activity.


Zena Bibler, USA, 2010, 2:08m

Dune(s) dance on a blustery day in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Choreographed, danced, and filmed on the spot in May 2010.


Ivo Serra, USA, 2007, 6m

Oannes represents The GOD of knowledge to the Babylonian (Ea) and to the Greeks, cultures, and he was the last mythological figure to be connected with the lost city Atlantis. The artist sought to make this mythological being appear.

– PART 2 –

The second part of the evening featured films and videos selected by the curators, responding to issues brought up by themes in the original films, as well as this event’s curatorial process. Watch them here:

Anna Azrieli’s picks:

SMALL DANCE (performer Steve Paxton)
Olive Bieringa, USA, 2007, 1:30m

(performer Lisa Nelson)
Olive Bieringa, USA, 2007, 1:30m

Laurie Berg’s pick:

Sarah White-Ayon, USA, 2009, 6m

Chase Granoff’s picks:

Deborah Anzalone/Century Films, USA, 2009, 3:40m

, USA, 1995, 6m


Yve Laris Cohen’s pick:

RIP Oscar Grant
Yak Films (Yoram Savion and Kash Gaines), USA, 2010, 7:30m



– PART 3 –

Samuael Topiary moderated a discussion that engaged all of the films and discourses surrounding this event:

Download and listen to a podcast of the discussion here!

Or get more information on this Movement Research podcast here

Movement Research’s Studies Project series is an artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances and/or other formats that focus on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community. Questions? email:

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